Spring Course: Urban Applications in GIS
GTECH 385.01/GTECH 785.01/EES79903 Urban Applications of GIS
Class hours: Tuesday 5:35 — 8:15 p.m.
Class location: HN1090B
Professor: Hongmian Gong
Office and phone: HN 1050, 212-772-4658
Office hours: Tuesday 4:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m., or by appointment.
Web page: http://www.geography.hunter.cuny.edu/~hgong
Department office and phone: HN 1006, 212-772-5265
Course Goals and Objectives
This course will discuss the data, methodologies, and examples of using GIS to solve urban problems in economic, transportation, social, planning, and environmental settings. Although most of the lab exercises in the class are about other cities in the U.S., examples from New York are provided based on the research of the instructor. We will explore the use of GPS for travel survey in New York City, applying Central Place Theory to library service research in New York City, and defining urban area in the New York metro region using satellite imagery.
The course will use ArcGIS 10.x as the main software, with one lab using ENVI.
Students are expected to use what they learn from the labs and the examples to conduct small research projects addressing real world urban issues.
GTECH 201 for GTECH 385.01; GTECH 710 or equivalent for GTECH 785.01 and EES 79903.
Richard P. Greene & James B. Pick, Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach, 2nd Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2012. ISBN: 9780321751591.
Grade will be based on the following Criteria:
|Exam (May 21, 5:35-7:35 p.m. at HN1090B)||20%|
|Project paper and presentation||40%|
1. Each student is required to do an urban-related research project at the end of the semester, using the GIS techniques taught in the course. The data should be real, not hypothetical (some real data are available from the instructor). Undergraduate students are expected to hand in a 5-page (double spaced) paper and graduate students a 10-page (double spaced) paper outlining the data, methodology, conclusion, and significance of their projects.
2. A late lab or paper will be marked down by 5% each day.
3. Class attendance is mandatory. Missing more than two classes in a semester, regardless the reasons, will adversely affect your grade. Students are responsible for obtaining any information presented in class during an absence.
4. No incomplete (IN) is given as a grade unless it is under the most extraordinary, and documented, circumstances. To request IN as a grade, you must contact the instructor by the final exam date and complete a Contract to Resolve Incomplete Grades.
Course Content and Schedule
Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 Urban Transportation (Lab: GPS for urban travel survey in New York City)
Environmental problems (Chapter 10: Air pollution and Asthma in Chicago)
Week 3 Dynamics of Metropolitan Areas (Chapter 1 Lab: Metropolitan change in the U. S.)
Industrial Location (Chapter 8 Lab: Location quotients for industries in Chicago)
Week 4 Census Geography (Chapter 2 Lab: Defining a metropolitan statistical area)
Neighborhoods (Chapter 5 Lab: Measuring neighborhood change with Markov chains)
Week 5 Urban Expansion (Chapter 9 Lab: Concentric ring analysis of Sprawl in Chicago)
Week 6 Systems of Cities (Lab: Public library use in New York City)
Week 7 Systems of Cities (Chapter 4 Lab: China’s urban rank change)
Internal Structure of Cities (Chapter 3 lab: Squatter settlements in Mexico City)
Week 8 Migration and Residential Mobility (Chapter 6 Lab: Gravity model and site selection for an education center)
Segregation (Chapter 7 Lab: Centrographic methods)
Week 9 (April 9) Course Project
Week 10: Lab: Defining urban area in New York metro region using satellite imagery
Week 11: Lab: Measuring urban sprawl using nighttime imagery
Week 12 Urban and Regional Planning (Chapter 11 Lab: Forecasting growth impacts of a new cellular phone plant)
Week 13 Course Project
Week 14 (May 14) Presentations
Week 15 Exam
1. January 29: First class for this course.
2. February 12: No class for Lincoln’s Birthday – College is closed.
3. February 14 (Thursday): Classes follow Tuesday schedule. We have class on this Thursday.
4. February 15 (Friday): Last day to drop the course without the grade of “W”.
5. March 26 and April 2: Spring recess, no classes at Hunter College.
6. April 12 (Friday): Last day to drop the course with the grade of “W”.
7. May 14: Last class for this course. Paper is due at the beginning of the class.
Students should check the Announcements section in Blackboard, the lab instructions for that week, and the course syllabus before emailing the instructor. Content of the emails is limited to what cannot be waited until the next class or office hour. Emails are generally replied within one business day.
Hunter College Policy on Academic Integrity
Hunter College regards acts of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating on examinations, obtaining unfair advantage, and falsification of records and official documents) as serious offenses against the values of intellectual honesty. The College is committed to enforcing the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty according to the Hunter College Academic Integrity Procedures.
In compliance with the American Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Hunter College is committed to ensuring educational parity and accommodations for all students with documented disabilities and/or medical conditions. It is recommended that all students with documented disabilities (Emotional, Medical, Physical, and/or Learning) consult the Office of AccessABILITY, located in Room E1214B, to secure necessary academic accommodations. For further information and assistance, please call: (212) 772- 4857 or (212) 650-3230.
Syllabus Change Policy
Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) criteria, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice. Any changes made to the syllabus will be announced in the class and/or posted in Blackboard under Announcements.